Soft proofing in Lightroom for Printing
Soft proofing in Lightroom for Web Display
If you are using OEM paper and printer you should find the appropriate profiles for various paper types already installed.
Epson ICC Profiles
Under standing Canon's secret code for its Profiles
MP = Matte Photo Paper PR = Photo Paper Pro SP = Photo Paper Plus Glossy GL = Photo Paper Plus Glossy II SG = Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss Numbers appended to the name, e.g. Canon Pro9000 PR1 or Canon Pro9000 GL3, refers to the print quality, with 1 the highest quality.
3rd Party Paper and Profiles
Paper manufacturers provide profiles for their "art" and high quality paper
You could of course, if you have the equipment, make your own custom profiles.
Installing on Mac...
Location: ... /Users/user/Library/ColorSync/Profiles
To open the Library folder in the Finder Menu select "Go" and press and hold the Option key this makes your user Library show up in the menu. Clicking on "Library" opens the folder in a Finder window.
Installing in Windows
Double click the profile icon.
Location: Windows > System32 > Spool > Drivers > Color
Print Profiles for Clark County Costcos
This is the instructions for prepping and saving images with profiles for printing at Costco
Costco #1086: 19610 SE 1st St., Camas, WA 98607 Phone: 360–258–6240
Printer: Fuji Frontier LP 7900, Fuji Crystal Archive paper.
Glossy paper profile, April 29, 2016
Lustre paper profile, April 29, 2016 https://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/Profiles/IccFiles/Washington/Costco-WA-Camas-Lus.icc
Printer: Epson 7880 Poster Printer
Photo Satin paper profile, October 22, 2015 Semi-Gloss Poster Board profile, October 22, 2014
? ← Profile outdated. Pending new prints
Costco #772: 6720 NE 84th St., Vancouver, WA 98665 Phone: 360–828–2269
Printer: Fuji Frontier 570, Fuji Crystal Archive Paper.
Glossy paper profile, March 24, 2016
Lustre paper profile, March 24, 2016
Printer: Epson 7890 Poster Printer, Fujifilm Papers. Photo Satin paper profile, July 31, 2015 ← Profiles outdated Semi-Gloss Poster Board profile, July 31, 2015 ← Pending new prints
Select and load your image into the Develop Module.
Press the "S" Key
The background will become "Paper White"! Right clicking on the "Paper White" area pops up a drop down menu and you can choose your shade of Paper White...
There are two reasons why a print is too dark... The monitor is TOO bright. And, here's the a catch-22, on the computer you normally view your images with a DARK background. When you look at a print... it is generally always surrounded by "Paper White" and as a result will look like it's too Dark!
In the Softproof panel.
In the Profile drop down menu select the profile for your paper and printer... In my case I have selected RR(Red River)Polar Matte
Click Create Proof Copy. This will make a virtual copy of your image that will store the adjustments you make to the proofed image.
√ The Simulate Paper & Ink box.
You will see an image that may or may not look significantly different. However, most of the time you'll see how bad your image will look if you print it without making any adjustments.
Overview of the Softproof Screen and Controls
Making Adjustments to the softproof
Rendering Intent: Perceptual or Relative?
- Rendering intent:
- Methods for dealing with Out of Gamut Colors.
- Relative Colorimetric:
- Out of Gamut colors are "chopped off" (based on tones from light to dark) The results generally darkens the image.
- Perceptual Intent:
- Compresses the out of gamut colors according to the print profile (Based on color to color changes ) generally de-saturates and lightens the image.
You have two choices and the choice is yours, based on aesthetics, how the result looks to you! Choose the "Intent" that looks the best to you!
Tweaking the softproof...
- Use the Basic Panel
- Use the Targeted adjustment tools for Tone Controls and HSL!!
- Be gentle, these are after all "tweaks!"
(1) When using the TAT for HSL panel and you have toggled the split screen (Y key) under the histogram you'll see two RGB values instead of one! (1) is the color in the current view as seen above.
(2) is the value under the TAT in the Proof Preview...
This lets you see the changes by the numbers!
- Adjust Tones using the Tone Curves
- Adjust Hue, Saturation and Luminance using the HSL Panel
- To adjust overall midtones use the Clarity Slider!
The Final Proof
Upsample the PPI in the print module, don't let the printer pipeline do the upsampling!
Soft proofing in Lightroom for Web Display
Select the original enhanced image in the Library and go to the Develop Module
Lightroom's default colorspace is Pro photo RGB (Linear), as a result if you are making web galleries, more than likely your photos will not look very good, even if YOU might have a profiled monitor, the person visiting your website may be using a laptop that can only display 70 - 80% of sRGB!
Select the sRGB color profile. Because you care what you are doing and what you want to show!and create a new virtual "sRGB profiled image>
The Gamut warnings only show you what colors an sRGB monitor can't display... not by how much!
Use the Lightroom tools to desaturate and lower the luminance of the colors... as best you can...
Export the sRGB profiled image for the web...
And.... heerrrrrrre it is! Proofed sRGB Version